Have SNC-Lavalin build a plant for military automotive armaments equipment in, say Montreal, to provide long term employment = problem solved.
Did not the old DREE (Dept of Regional Economic Expansion) set up two automotive plants in Quebec for Bombardier at to produce ILTIS and MLVW?
Vehicle's (ILTIS) history considered controversial
The Iltis has had a controversial history in Canada from the moment Bombardier Inc. acquired the rights to the jeep from Volkswagen in 1981.
They set up a production line for the Iltis ( I loved that jeep like toy, fun to drive but not an hostile environment vehicle )
The manufacturer VW picked Barrie Ontario as the location to build their plant, but the Government got in the way and they all agree Bombardier could build it outside of Montreal ( another way to fund the company with tax payer money). They cost Canada more money per unit then it did for Belgium to purchase off the line. They had to add some extra pieces of metal to meet the Canadian content rules ( changed the design of the frame and body to fit this extra piece to give it the desired level of Canadian content) Production was a total of 3 year, 1983 to 1986. Total of maybe less than 6200 models. Belgium purchased 2673, and Canada purchased 2500 in total. Gwagon replaced them in 2003 ( plan to replace is already the books) plus maybe some civilian models.
MLVW was also changed by Bombardier to fit made in Canada content . They replaced a truck that came out in the 1950s with the MLVW that was delivered starting 1982. Some MLVWs are still in service now pushing 40 year service life. Replacements already in service.
So who in the right mind wants to open a production line for 3 years and close it.?
Build a 105 mm gun system here in Canada, make 150 guns, make 1000 barrels, plus other spare parts, then we will call you back in 40 years for a new model?
Come build your fighter jet, open a production line at Bombardier AeroSpace, or de Havilland assemble 100 air frames, then close the line?
Build or retrofit 110 Leopard 2 tanks upgrade to the 2A6 or A7 or whatever model then close down because Canada is not going to do it again for 20 years?
Canada has to start looking, see what is on the shelf and what is offered ( CUCV over build and over purchase by the USMC, deal was made to CF to purchase the over run at a below cost price ) and see if it fits the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces first thing. If another country can build it cheaper, faster, supply spare parts, training, etc then they should look at it. Then second question is can any of it be built here, will that add to the cost or lower the cost? If the prices goes up, we stick with the stock model, can it kitted out to fit our radios, our weapons systems during production run or does it require after production mods?
We need to stop buying when it reaches 10 years past it life cycle expectations, start looking for replacements once it reaches it mid life rebuild, ships, start looking and planning at the 15 to 20 year mark , not year 40.
Aircraft, start looking after 20 years, we fly stuff for over 50 years, if the various governments would of had their way, our Seaking fleet and the US Airforce fleet of B52s would of been the oldest war birds flying not owned by museums.
AVGP family 1976, replaced in the 1990s ( those replacements are already been replaced and up shopped)
Leopards 1970s, replaced the the 2000s
Wheeled SMP, tractors, etc need to be replaced like a commercial fleet operation, mileage, age, cost of maintenace = price of new model update as other NATO fleets are updated.
Weapons, C7 family is the only weapon system they have updated before complete replacement, C1 was 40 years mine was built 1953 ( 3L5358) I believe and I was issued my C7 in 1990, it was model 89AA something.
Upgrades need to come quicker and faster then once in a career of a soldier who is expected to use in combat operations, and in aid to civil powers. The crap wears out.